Kangso Three Tombs

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Kangso Three Tombs
One of the Three Mausoleums at Kangso (10104282095).jpg
One of the tombs
Chosŏn'gŭl 강서세무덤
Hancha 江西세무덤
Revised Romanization Gangseo-semudeom
McCune–Reischauer Kangsŏ-semudŏm

The Kangso Three Tombs are mausoleums located in Kangso-guyok, North Korea. They are part of the Complex of Koguryo Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a National Treasure of North Korea #28.[1] The large tomb is 50 metres long and 8.7 metres high, the middle tomb is 45 metres long and 7.8 metres high and the small one is 40 metres long and 6.75 metres high. Frescoes inside the tombs depict four tutelary deities. The large tomb holds depictions of a blue dragon and a black serpent-tortoise, while a white tiger and a red phoenix are depicted in the middle tomb.[2] The frescoes are particularly colourful and show Koguryo aristocratic life in detail, including dancing, wrestling and hunting. The Kangso Three Tombs were unearthed in 1911 by Japanese archaeologist Imanishi Ryū and were extensively studied.[3]


  1. ^ "Complex of Koguryo Tombs". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Three Tombs of Kangso". Korean Central News Agency. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Hyung, Il Pai (2000). Constructing Korean Origins: A Critical Review of Archaeology, Historiography and Racial Myth in Korean State-formation Theories. Harvard University Asia Center. pp. 28, 417. ISBN 0-674-00244-X. 

Coordinates: 38°57′53″N 125°25′30″E / 38.96472°N 125.42500°E / 38.96472; 125.42500